Organic Popeye Shake, or, Drink Your Spinach!

February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

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This is my favorite way to sneak some iron, fiber, and vitamin C into a runny-nosed loved one. Around our house, the Organic Popeye Shake (or, “health shake,” or “Hulk Shake,” or “smoothie,” whatever we’re in the mood to call it) is a big hit. I make a blender-full and that is enough for two tall adult-sized glasses and one largish toddler cup.  Sometimes we have these for breakfast, with a scoop of protein powder and/or flax seed added.  Also excellent with dinner if we’re low on veggies, or the brussels sprouts aren’t finding their way into the toddler’s tummy.  If you’re eager to get to the recipe, you can just scroll to the end of this post.
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This recipe will make two “shakes.” To make more, just increase ingredients proportionately. When making this drink for the three of us, I don’t measure, I just grab handfuls of greens, fill the blender, and eyeball the rest. Have fun substituting different fruits, juices, oils, and greens. Cheers! To health!

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I buy triple-washed organic baby spinach from the grocery store. This saves time and the baby spinach is so delicately flavored kids will drink it.  You can use kale or other greens too.  I suppose you could use a juicer instead of a blender, but that would remove lots of the fiber and change the texture. Straws are optional, but preferred by many, especially in the under 10 years-old set.

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RECIPE:
Organic Popeye Shake, or, Drink Your Spinach!

1 large handful cold organic baby spinach, washed (approximately 1 quart)
1/3 cup organic frozen mango (I often use a berry blend of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries instead)
1/2 banana, cut into chunks
3/4 cup cold organic orange juice
1/4 cup cold water

Place ingredients in blender in the following order: greens, chunks of fruit, liquids.  Pulse until beginning to blend, using “ice crush” or equivalent if necessary to break up big frozen fruit chunks.  Once things are getting blended, crank it up to liquify for about 45 seconds, or longer if you prefer an ultra-smooth drink.

Service as soon as possible, along with a handful of almonds or an ounce of cheese if this is a stand-in for a meal.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Be sure to consume within a few hours for best health benefits.  The smoothie will separate if left standing too long.

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Happy drinking!

Sarah

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